Bilingual Dictionaries; Image by LinguistAtLarge
Bilingual Dictionaries; Image by LinguistAtLarge


Kid-Friendly Language Means Easily Understandable Language


Origins and Meanings of Words


ESL, ELL, Generation 1.5. Why Are These Terms Important?

National Council of Teachers of English (September 7, 2017)


Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 10.27.35 AM.pngThe Many Origins of the English Language


Digital Glossary from Common Sense Media

  • Decode teens’ shorthand in the digital world


Screen Shot 2017-08-11 at 1.14.11 PM.pngFor examples of kid-friendly language definitions, link to the picture book, The Fairy Dogfather. Alexandra Day. Green Tiger Press, 2012


Learning Words using Role Before Rule


The phrase role before rule is a helpful way to explain writing and language conventions to both multilingual as well as native English speakers.
  • A term like "exclamation point" or "interrogative sentence" offers little context or frame or reference for understanding its meaning.
    • As a result, young learners struggle to remember definitions or rules for usage.
  • Restating the terms in kid-friendly language helps students to build a memory of the role or function that each convention plays in language and writing.
    • Role Before Rule supports children's natural inquisitiveness throughout the learning process.


Purposeful Praise Strategies and Statements


5 Reasons to Stop Saying Good Job, Alfie Kohn, Young Children (September 2001)

  • "I notice you never give up."



Academic Language


The Critical Words Your Students Must Know for the Common Core State Standards

180 Essential Vocabulary Words for 5th Grade, Scholastic

100 Words Every Middle Schooler Should Know, Vocabulary.com



external image Math.jpgMathematical Symbols and Their Definitions


Link to A Maths Dictionary for Kids 2017

SYMBOL

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KID-FRIENDLY DEFINITION........

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Addition Sign.....
and

Link to Addition Example
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k
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-


Subtraction Sign.......................
Take Away........

=

Equal Sign
The same as

( )


Parenthesis
Answer Me First....

X


Multiplication Sign
Make Bigger

Link to Multiplication Example
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k
k

'


Decimal Point
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Dividing Point
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Division Sign
Make Groups of
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Right Angle
Link to photo showing
Stairs are Right Angles
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Parallel Line
Lines That Never Touch

Lines That Are Next To
But Do Not Touch

Link to
Railroad Tracks Are Parallel Lines
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Perpendicular Line
Lines That End Up Touching

Link to photo showing
Parrots Have Parallel Wings
and Perpendicular Toes
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external image Post-It.jpgReading, Writing, Math, Science and Social Studies Terms and Their Definitions


WORD....................

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KID-FRIENDLY DEFINITION.......


A


Abbreviation: Shortened way to write a word

Acronym: First letter of a group of words that represent full words; for example ASAP (As Soon As Possible)


Acquire: To get


Adversary: Someone trying to block what you are doing


Alter: Change


Alliteration: Group of words that begin with the same sound; for example (Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers)

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Amendment: A change in rules


Analogy: To compare two things


Appreciate: To grow in value (in economics)


Asset: An item of value (in economics)


Authentic: True, not false


B


Bias: To favor



C

Capital Letters: Attention-Getting Letters
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Circumference: Distance around measured by a circle


Cite: Give credit to the original source


Clarify: To make easier to understand


Collapse: To fall down


Comma: Slow Down, but Don't Stop


Commence: To start


Compound: Consisting of more than one part; in math, to add more to a total over time

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Compute: To find a total or an amount


Confirm: Make sure something is right or true


Contemporary: Up-to-date; current; modern


Contrast: To find differences between two or more things


Credit: Buying without money



D


Declarative Sentence

Definite: For sure


Depict: to show


Destination: Somewhere you are going


Dialogue: Talking on Paper


Discovery: To find something new or that you did not know


Distinct: Something different from others

Dramatic: Attention-grabbing; full of emotions


Duration: How long something lasts; length of time


E


Element: Part or ingredient


Elevation: Height or distance from the ground


Employ: Pay someone to do a job or service


Erosion: Breaking down or moving over time


Eventually: Will happen in the future


Evidence: Information that shows something is true


Evolve: To change over time


Examine: Look at carefully


Exclamation Point: Excitement Mark. (!)


Exclamatory Sentence

Excerpt: Small part of a larger piece of writing or book


Executive: Person or people directing a company or government


Explanation: To give a reason why


External: Outside of something



F


Flexible: Able to bend or change easily


Formula: Directions about how to make something or figure something out


Foreshadow: To hint or imply what is going to happen


Foresight: To understand or know what is going to happen


G


Glossary: List of words with definitions


Guarantee: To ensure something will happen


H


Header: Information at the top of a page


Headway: To move forward


I

Ideal: the best


Imperative Sentence


Income: Money you get


Infer: To figure something out using clues only

Innocent: Not at fault; without blame


Interval: Short spaces of time in between two things


Interrogative Sentence


Inventory: To keep track of or make a list


K


L


M


N


O


P


Period: Full Stop..



Q


Question Mark: Answer Needed

Quotation Mark: Someone Said


R


Revision: Do again to make better; to change something you have done

Rhetoric: Getting someone to do what you want using words

S


Salary: Money paid for during a job


Salutation: Greeting someone by name


Semi-Colon: Pause, More Coming


Standard Spelling: Book Spelling


T


V


W


X


Y


Z